Friday, October 22, 2010

Buffalo chicken burgers

Ricotta cheese.

See, that's the secret to keeping turkey or chicken burgers moist. I read the suggestion in an old issue of Cook's Illustrated magazine and haven't looked back since. You won't know it's there when you're eating it, but it makes a huge difference. The raw meat mixture in this recipe is kind of sticky and soft and difficult to handle, but once everything is cooked it holds together. I served the patties over a baby spinach and radicchio salad, though some people have had luck with "oopsie rolls" as a low-carb hamburger bun.

Serves 2-4


  • About a pound of ground chicken (the pack I bought was 0.80 lbs or something)
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese (full-fat or Calabro brand fat-free, everything else is high carb)
  • 1 beaten egg (or 1/4 cup egg white or egg substitute)
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce (make sure that it's WING sauce, like this, and not just hot sauce) plus extra for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (regular or Spectrum light, which is reduced calorie but no added sugar)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles, regular or reduced-fat
  • Shaved red onion (optional)
  • Salad greens for serving
  1. Combine the ricotta, egg, and wing sauce in a large bowl. Add the raw chicken along with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Using wet hands, form into four patties.
  2. Cook over medium heat, about 3-4 minutes on each side, then turn down heat to low, partially cover, and cook until done throughout with no raw meat.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise and blue cheese. Set aside.
  4. Serve each patty over salad with the blue cheese sauce, extra wing sauce, and shaved red onion.


Ron Wood said...

Sounds Great <- Corstijeir ( v-lifer )

Miss. Tarrah Dame said...

I just made something like this myself! It turned out great....LOVED it!

Lenka said...

Erica, these are AMAZING! Thank you for the great recipe :)

Erica said...

@Lenka: glad you enjoyed it!

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